The eighth network meeting of national technical focal points on violence and injury prevention. Report ( 2016)



Fifty-nine participants, including experts and Ministry of Health technical focal points for violence and injury prevention from 31 countries, met in Chisinau on 11–12 November 2015 and discussed progress made in Europe in preventing violence and injury, achieving better road safety and reducing child maltreatment. The meeting was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova and was the eighth in a series of network meetings organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The
meeting commenced with an overview of the prevention of violence and injury in the Region, discussed within the policy frameworks of Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results of the European Facts and the Global status report on road safety 2015, European Facts and the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 and the European Report on preventing child maltreatment 2013 were debated and country experience exchanged. There was a particular focus on implementing Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015–2020. Key action points from the meeting are: work on implementing the European child maltreatment prevention action plan; use the country profiles developed to advocate for and monitor action in road safety and violence prevention; create multisectoral collaborations; sustain efforts to improve injury surveillance; and work together to halve road crash deaths by 2020. WHO/Europe will make tools available to support national policies and actions to prevent child maltreatment. The meeting was rated highly and national focal points were glad to have exchanged experience and lessons.